The Animal Issues Thematic Cluster (AITC)
A Coalition for The Care, Protection, And Conservation of Animals World-Wide.
Our goal is to ensure that the care, protection ad conservation of animals is included in all discussions at the United Nations about the future of the planet and the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Contact: Jessica Bridgers- firstname.lastname@example.org, Adeline Lerambert- email@example.com, Dr. Angela Wright- Angela.Wright@ciwf.org
Our next meeting is not scheduled at this point. We are in the middle of nominations for our Cluster Leaders.
An essay about animals:
What Are Animals to Us?
Most of us first learn about the wonder of nature from animals. Whether they be stuffed or real, on television, museums or in the wild, animals become our friends and teachers in learning about the natural world beyond our homes, malls, or computers. Ancient cultures imbued the environment with agency, and spoke with animals on a daily basis, invoking their blessing, teaching and help. Even today, when we talk about the perils of declining ice in the Artic, we frame it in terms of the loss felt by the endangered polar bear. In fables and fairytales, animals were the vehicles used to express larger issues of character development and community. We share not only neural and evolutionary connections with other species, but emotional ones. We empathize with other species. Beliefs and stories about them passed on by thousands of individuals are important factors in shaping our understanding of the world. We now need to create new stories to address what is happening to our world. Animals, and their ability to move us beyond the limitations of our humanness, need to be a part of that narrative.
Climate change is the largest threat facing humanity. The consequences of how we treat other species on our health, on global security, national economies, and environmental sustainability are undeniably a major cause of not only climate change, but pandemics, terrorism, the failure of economic systems, and the destruction of ecosystems. Unless the welfare and conservation of other animals is included in the implementation of all 17 SDGs, we will never reach the goals.
That our treatment of other animals has made them complicit in climate change is one of our most critical and unrecognized moral failings. That we have perpetrated such stunning cruelty on other animals signals a willful indifference to the fact that science has indisputably proved that they are sentient individuals who have the same will to live their lives as we do ours. Instead of regarding them as our respected partners in a healthy, balanced planet, we have turned them into commodities to be purchased, abused and exploited at will. In doing so, we are destroying ourselves and our future.
In so many ways we have diminished our lives by having lost sight of the transformative power of our engagement with nature and our fellow animals. We see the world through silos of self-interest and are blind to what we are doing to the world around us and to ourselves. We need to rediscover and reintegrate the values of integrity, curiosity and humility. To continue down any other path is to fuel our alienation from the very processes of life that sustain the planet. As humans, we decide whether the planet lives or dies. By rethinking our relationship to other species, we could save it.